Your paradise and your hell!

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: “Is there really a paradise and a hell?” “Who are you?” inquired Hakuin. “I am a samurai,” the warrior replied. “You, a soldier!” exclaimed Hakuin. “What kind of ruler would have...

/ March 10, 2015

What are you carrying?

Once two Zen monks were walking together along a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend they met an attractive young girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection because of...

/ March 7, 2015
Hyon Gak Sunim Zen Monk

Mirror Of Zen – A Modern Zen Monk

You can practice Zen and can even become a monk in this modern world with out giving up being modern. As the Buddha said, the middle path is the right one. To practice Zen, you do not need to give...

/ March 6, 2015

The Mind Is A Galloping Horse

There is a story in zen circles about a man and a horse. The horse is galloping quickly, and it appears that the man on the horse is going somewhere important. Another man, standing alongside the road, shouts, “Where are...

/ March 2, 2015

Grand Jersey: A Tribute to a Grand Hotel!

Though the News item about Hand Picked Hotels, the mega hotelier, buying the Grand Jersey in Jersey Island on the Channel Islands had been in the media for quite some months, I wasn’t bothered much. It wasn’t my business; after...

/ February 20, 2015

Abyssinia Restaurant: Recipes That Have Survived For Centuries!

Abyssinia: The Gift of the Blue Nile in the Horn of Africa. Abyssinia is the old name of the present day Ethiopia. There is a mention of this place, I was told, in the Old Testament, and they say King...

/ January 21, 2015

Rosetta: Subtle Flavor with Strong Fragrance!

While we were having dinner at home the other night, our causal dinner time conversation moved on to the articles (reviews) I often write about Branding, Logo and Marketing strategies in businesses, including fashion designing, hospitality, IT, service and other...

/ January 12, 2015

Ghent, Cologne Germany Trip

The Christmas markets in Ghent and Cologne in Germany are wonderful. In fact, the drive to Cologne via Bruges in Belgium and Ghent in Germany is awesome!

/ December 19, 2014

Madrid, Toledo Spain Trip

Beautiful Toledo and Madrid in Spain.

/ May 19, 2014

Let The Phone Fall From The Dashboard!

Have you ever noticed while driving that if your mobile phone falls from you dashboard, you tend to get so much worked up? You lose focus on the driving, you tend to become anxious and most often than not you...

/ April 30, 2014